President’s Message by Michele Strange

michele head shot         MOVING ALONG INTO Spring!

The days are getting longer and we are drawing to the end of our year. Only one more brunch before our scholarship reception in May. This year we will be awarding $30,000 in scholarships and grants. This is a record amount of money that our branch has been able to award. Again, we thank everyone who made this possible through your efforts at the Art Fair. The committee will be meeting in mid-April to begin finalizing their plans for this year’s 60th Art Fair on the Green.

In March we celebrated Women’s History Month with another excellent panel. We had over 200 attendees and after a social half-hour we adjourned to an auditorium in Centennial Hall. We filled a majority of the seats to listen to four well-spoken women from Ghana, India, Columbia and Romania. This was our sixth annual event and it has grown in popularity every year. Kudos to Lois Gilbert and her great committee for their hard work.

At our April meeting we will have a new experience with our brunch at a new location – the Lunda Center, Western Technical College. The annual meeting will include election and installation of officers and recognition of our Name Grant winner(s). The tour of WTC’s new horticultural center will conclude the day’s events.

Our congratulations go to Kathryn Draper, our student intern from UW-L, who was awarded one of two National Conference for College Women Student Leaders (NCCWSL) state scholarships from AAUW-Wisconsin. We have another student who was nominated for the scholarship as well. Unfortunately, we could only send one name per branch. Both students have applied for an AAUW National scholarship. Our Board is committed to giving monetary support to both, so when we learn whether either or both get a national scholarship, we have money in our budget and are prepared to help them. We hope to hear about these awards in early April.

April is busy with other events as well. Jan Eriksen and I will be attending the AAUW Wisconsin Convention in Milwaukee. If you would like to join us, please see the registration form in the convention issue of Badger Briefs.

And don’t forget to vote in the April 3rd election! Our democracy depends on exercising our right to vote.

Thank you for all you do.